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Kelvin Ho: A Humble Warrior

Kelvin Ho is a man who, despite his height and long-standing presence in the interior design and architecture community, somehow flies under the radar. That’s not a slight on his work, rather a compliment to his person. He’s not one to brag about his portfolio, his accomplishments or his success. He doesn’t need to; the aforementioned speak for themselves. The studio he started in 2005, AKIN Creative, has worked on countless projects across the public and private sphere. From residential to hospitality to retail and around again Kelvin has worked closely with the likes of Justin Hemmes, Dion Lee and Deborah Sams and Mary Lou Ryan of bassike. The latter for which his partner of 12 years, Jacqueline Perrett, is the Communications Manager. “Kelvin does all our stores,” she mentions in casual conversation. But home is a different yet equally important part of Kelvin’s life and for the past two years Kelvin, Jacqueline, their daughter Harriette (4), son Henri (18 months), and rescue dog Lily (9 technically – a part of the family for 8) have called this multi-storey home with views to dream of in Tamarama home. The front door opens up to a generously spaced casual living mezzanine that on one side continues out onto a porch overlooking the east coast of Australia, and on the other side steps down to a slightly more formal dining area. However it’s the kitchen at the other end of the house in which the family spend the majority of their time. Read the full story in Habitus #36, the Nourish issue, out 12 June. AKIN Creative akinatelier.com Photography by Dave Wheeler Kelvin Ho Kelvin Ho living room Kelvin Ho furniture Kelvin Ho painting Kelvin Ho kid's room Kelvin Ho bathroom Kelvin Ho bathroom Kelvin Ho kitchenabc
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Cutting Edge Couture by apaiser

The design of your bathroom equals the fabric of your wellness, no one knows this better than apaiser. The company is globally recognised for their unique design and capacity for bespoke customisation, citing the passion that goes into creating each handcrafted piece as their inspiration. Creating unique designs and exploring endless possibilities is what they do well. Constantly at the forefront of the latest design techniques and trends – such as their unique and exclusive apaisermarble ­– highly individual, timeless designs are what results. Fittingly, they refer to their work as Bath couture. Their newest collection, the Zen range, epitomises the purity of design and the simplicity of form without elaborate distortion. Within it is a suite of bathware that invites you to focus on the total togetherness of body and mind. Alternatively, the Chameleon Collection is driven by the desire to create a collection which is bold, distinctive and individual, yet like a Chameleon, the collection is totally adaptable to individuals varying tastes. In a world of mass production and sameness, many of us seek something unique, unusual and extraordinary – you can find it at apaiser. apaiser apaiser.com apaiser Chameleon S Series apaiser Chameleon A Series apaiser Chameleon S Series apaiser Chameleon S Series apaiser Zen Collection apaiser Zen Collectionabc
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L’Hôtel Marrakech Illuminates The Grandeur Of Old-World Morocco

It’s not easy to forge a space that is ambiguous enough to sidle up to the varying tastes of the everyman without losing all character and charm. The only plausible means is to create a space with such impeccable styling – innately curated from a deep understanding of colour, symmetry and human psychology – that stepping into the space taps into an understanding of beauty that reaches beyond individual tastes. L’Hôtel Marrakech is a new luxury holiday dwelling that expertly tiptoes between enduring grandeur and homely character: it is at once a glossy design dream for the everyman. The success of the hotel’s styling is no wonder when you consider that it’s owned by eminent British designer Jasper Conran. Jasper’s iconic use of spirited colours and graphic prints is transferred onto the design of the hotel, where the bold shapes and exuberance is perfectly married into the traditional mosaic patterning of the Moroccan locale. L’Hôtel Marrakech is a restored traditional riad – a historical house of five spacious suites nestled around a central courtyard garden and a 10-metre swimming pool. The hotel is designed as an idealised respite from the energy of the outside medina. The courtyard centres around a salient water fountain, ignited in handcut zelige mosaic tiles, surrounded in plantings of banana, orange and lemon trees. While a roof terrace makes for the perfect resting place for meals and cocktails, all enwrapped in an oasis of orange blossoms, fig trees, honeysuckle, bougainvillea, jasmine and scented roses. L'Hotel Marrakech bedroom The house exhibits the superb quality of local craftsmanship, showcasing the majesty of Moroccan architecture, furniture, textiles, lighting and art – coming from Conran’s own collection. Gold leafed antique statues contrast warm syrupy yellow striped armchairs. And textured thick-set Moroccan rugs build a depth of fantastical colour that perfectly balances the elegance of the high zouak ceilings and white washed walls. L’Hôtel Marrakech builds on the exotic bouquet of the lush outdoor landscape of fruits and plantings, and further the Atlas Mountains. At once restful and energising. Differing from your standard holiday lodging, there is an innate charm and character to the space that illuminates the grandeur of traditional styling all the while renewed and rejuvenated to pull at the heart strings of any visitor. L’Hôtel Marrakech l-hotelmarrakech.com  L'Hotel Marrakech suite L'Hotel Marrakech living L'Hotel Marrakech dining L'Hotel Marrakech degustation L'Hotel Marrakech courtyard L'Hotel Marrakech courtyardabc
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KAMP.studio Proves Brains Behind the Braun

In 2016 New Zealand-based designer Daniel Kamp founded KAMP.studio. The aim of the game was to create sculptural pieces and projects that drew from the traditions of art and design, but with a modern edge. As a result each piece from the debut collection is made by a combination of advanced 3D printing technologies and traditional handcraft. Despite uber cool designs and a “must-have” air to the collection, it’s been designed with longevity in mind, not disposability and insatiable consumerism. Each piece from the collection is made to order with an eye to forging a connection between buyer and belonging. KAMP.studio Era Pen The signature piece of the collection – Era, a sculptural desk pen – perfectly encapsulates/symbolises the company ethos. A staggering number of ballpoint pens are disposed of each year, but Era, 3D printed in wax then hand cast in either solid bronze or sterling silver, is imperfect from day one and patinas with age. When not in use the pen stands in a solid porcelain base forming a piece of desktop sculpture. The other stand our pieces we’re particularly taken with are the Press Pour Over Brewer and Press Espresso Set. Again, the set combines elegant form with typicall masculine materials to reference art and sculpture. Perfectly welcome to be left on display atop the kitchen counter or open shelving systems. KAMP.studio Press Brewer The Press jug and lid are hand cast in solid, heavy porcelain from 3D printed moulds while the Gold Cone Dripper by Osaka Coffee is a more beautiful and sustainable alternative to paper filters. “The KAMP.studio collection will be ever-evolving, with limited edition products turning over regularly,” says Daniel. “[We] believe this to be a more sustainable alternative to mass production as diversity and uniqueness are imperative to creating emotional connection.” KAMP.studio kamp.studio KAMP.studio Press Brewer KAMP.studio Press Espresso Set KAMP.studio Era Pen KAMP.studio Era Pen KAMP.studio Era Penabc
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Designer Rugs Introduces Menswear-inspired Carpet by Axminster

Designer Rugs has recently introduced MR Carpet – a new collection of monochromatic Axminster carpet from ­– produced for the local market exclusively my their in-house experts Johnathon Murray and Shaun Russell. Exploring the latest trends on geometric wall-to-wall carpeting, the collection has a signature menswear-inspired twist, featuring masculine prints in a high quality, versatile product. “We wanted to create a collection around a classic tartan, along with other designs to compliment it” says Russell. “After many request from clients for simple black and white carpet, we perceived a place in the market for MR Carpet – geometric designs with our personal menswear signature.” While hard floor surfaces offer a slick finish to a space, the tactile luxury, warmth and ease offered by carpet assures its lasting reputation as a popular floor covering for years to come. The tartan, floral and stripe designs offered by MR Carpet not only provide these practical offerings, but also carry a strong and contemporary aesthetic that is guaranteed to perform in high traffic areas. MR Carpet is suitable for a wide range of projects, from residential to large scale commercial fit outs. The classic colour offering and timeless designs ensure this high quality carpet will shine in a great number of design situations across both residential and commercial applications (and beyond!). The debut MR Carpet collection consists of 4 designs – Alford, Iona, Kintore and Leith – and is currently available through Designer Rugs. Each design can also be custom-coloured to suit any project brief and requirement. Typical for Australia’s leading rug company, Designer Rugs specializes in handmade custom rugs and carpets for both residential, commercial and hospitality interiors, with a commitment to quality, originality and exceptional service. The MR Carpet collection is on display at Designer Rugs’ showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland and viewable online at designerrugs.com.au Photography by Lucy Alcorn.  abc
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Thinking Big When Working Small

Unleashing the potential of small spaces is becoming a more and more pertinent consideration for designers in an increasingly expensive and dense urban environment. The Home Office, as it is called, is a space from Ande Bunbury Architects that really can be all things to all people; a games room, pool house, bedroom, art studio, relaxation space, storage, even a DJ booth. What was once a single car garage is transformed into an endlessly expansive structure that truly capitalises on every inch. Inspired by their admiration for the minimal and functional design that pervades Japanese architecture, the residents wanted to create an addition to the house that could offer a lot without completely dominating their outside garden. Second to the built structure itself, they wanted the design to open up the outside spaces, to attract one outdoors. And through the inclusion of a pool, create a meaningful space to enjoy being within rather than just traversing through. Home Office Ande Bunbury rainchain The building sought to unfold the built form over a limited block, taking notes from the houses of the densely populated Japanese cities to offer surprising spaces. Conservative materials concrete, brick and stone were reimagined to exude the contemporary spirit of the design. Concrete wall panels were poured in-situ to create a rough texture that is unique to the character of the building. Paramount to the design, says Ande of Ande Bunbury Architects, was a sense of fun and wonder. An inconspicuous timber branch-like ladder leads up to a flat roof deck becoming a secluded adult cubby house nestled under a rich tree canopy. The design invites exploration and intrigue, where things are not as they seem an en-suit tucked away behind a hidden door and a seemingly blank, clean wall opening up for excess storage. Home Office Ande Bunbury pool Clever design has answered the needs for space through smooth lines and the subversion of ordinary features, extending the use and life of each space. The pool, for example, is elevated above the site, minimising the need for fencing whilst also transforming into a water feature when seen from the main house. The Home Office’s palette of paired back timber and a mix of both polished and raw concrete ensure that the space sinks back into its context all the while intensifying the verdure of the garden. With sliding doors that spill the space into the outside, this all-purpose space doesn’t interfere with the main house, acting rather to build the garden up into the vertical – adding the space and potential for anything really. Ande Bunbury Architects abarchitects.com.au Home Office Ande Bunbury bed Home Office Ande Bunbury bed 2 Home Office Ande Bunbury bathroom Home Office Ande Bunbury deck Home Office Ande Bunbury exterior 2abc
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Capitalizing on Small Spaces

Designed by Spanish designer Daniel Garcia for timber-loving design brand Woodendot, the Batea collection is a clever rethink of the conventional coffee table. Each piece is designed with expanding potential to offer sleek-lined hideaways for the chaos of the everyday clutter. The small Batea side or end table has a doubled top that can be used also as a solid oak serving tray whilst retaining the function of the under table top. The medium Batea side or coffee table has the look of a larger version of the small table. However, the doubled top reveals an easy storage space, ideal for TV remotes, magazines and iPads. The large Batea coffee table has an elegant sliding timber top that unveils an ingenious storage space for smaller everyday items. Each piece is designed at a varying height to allow for each to be used in synergy as an interlocking storage space beauty. Batea Woodendot Coffee Table Batea Woodendot Coffee Table Batea Woodendot Coffee Table Batea Woodendot Coffee Table Batea Woodendot Coffee Tableabc
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BassamFellows Does Bauhaus For Today

American luxury brand BassamFellows released a beautifully coherent collection of new furniture in Milan this year. Designed by the brand’s co-director Craig Bassam, the Geometric Series recalls the modernist mastery over bent steel with chairs, stools and a table in which cold-rolled tubular steel is forged into forms with a poetic sense of lightness and suspension. In the Geometric Series, the steel structure becomes a lyrical ‘scaffolding’ – what BassamFellows refers to as a “connective tissue” that unites the furniture’s functional elements into a total work of art. And to achieve precision craftsmanship, the brand collaborated with five highly specialised makers in the Veneto region of Italy for the steel, wood, leather, cushioning and caning. The CB-450 Geometric Side Chair incorporates an ergonomically shaped walnut seat with Vienna caning. A wrap of fine-grain leather conceals all welds and joins in the nickel- or bronze-plated tubular steel. The curving steel plots two main arcs at the backrest, which are joined and emphasied by leather wrapping. The CB-464 Geometric Dining Table has a striking walnut-veneered top in a radial design, and a solid carved walnut edge. The leather wrapping conceals the connection point for the angular radial pedestal legs. The CB-457 Geometric Daybed has a slatted walnut-framed seat deck with an arcing tubular steel base that neatly holds the leather-upholstered cushioning in place. Seams radiate from the tufts to emphasise the overall geometry of the daybed. A contrast of structure and volume is emphasised in the CB-751 Wood Sling Club Chair. A tubular steel ‘cage’ supports a sling hammock of stitched leather straps that are anchored at the top rail and seat deck. Slung leather cushioning has been designed for comfort and durability of shape. A range of casual Circular Stools complete the collection, with sturdy steel frames (bent to the tightest possible radius) supporting circular upholstered seats that seem to float. It’s pure geometry. BassamFellows bassamfellows.com Photography by Marco Favali BassamFellows sling club chair BassamFellows daybed BassamFellows lounge chair BassamFellows lounge chair BassamFellows dining table BassamFellows chair BassamFellows dining chair BassamFellows stoolabc
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A True Modernist by KAVELLARIS URBAN DESIGN

Suburbia is often tainted with an expectation of standardised and impersonal homes. Rows of neatly kept, quiet premises that lack any real reference to the owner living within. However, this home, from KAVELLARIS URBAN DESIGN, has emerged as a highly conceptual space, a manifestation of self rather than a mere shelter from the harsh outside world. In the inner Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe kicks this home back at this perception of suburbia, offering instead a fun and dramatic space that twists the expectations of a contemporary home. In a playful abstraction of form and movement, warping optical illusions guide the eye over the body of the house, pronouncing shapes that interact with and fuse back into the surrounding world. The exterior is an experimental retake of Mid-Century modernism. The sweeping curve of the front entrance – more portal than door – dominates the outer street view. Climbing granite steps zigzag up to the house, beckoning towards the entrance and softened slightly by a line of low garden plantings. The front door is blackened through shaded glass to create an enigmatic box of solid colour. This feature is as important for introducing strict shape as it is for function. KAVELLARIS URBAN DESIGN Ivanhoe House sculpture KAVELLARIS URBAN DESIGN Ivanhoe House kitchen Balancing the bold angulation of the door, a mirrored panel minimises the mass of the house, melding the built form back into the outdoors. An attractive means to augment a sense of space in a tightly knitted site. Subverting the trope of the suburban house, creamy rectangular tiles on the exterior bend and distort from a regimented grid to record the house’s unusual shape. The timber panels coating the inside of the front entrance visually suggest the more earthy – less alien – interior lying beyond. Upon entering the house, the styling shifts to welcome you in – more comfortable, more familiar. The flamboyant exterior of the house settles on the inside. Rich and heavy timber is pulled through the internal space to create an almost, cabin-like warmth. Each panel is spaced slightly to pronounce the elongated shape of each and create a sense of movement, guiding you to explore forward. Each material is isolated to contrast texture, line and colour in a dramatization of the unique character and beauty of each. It is the slim, fluid contours of the house that enables for the palette of decidedly opposing materials to come together in synergy, moulding a structure that physically articulates the theatrical form of a painting. KAVELLARIS URBAN DESIGN kud.com.au KAVELLARIS URBAN DESIGN Ivanhoe House dining room KAVELLARIS URBAN DESIGN Ivanhoe House pool   KAVELLARIS URBAN DESIGN Ivanhoe House corridor KAVELLARIS URBAN DESIGN Ivanhoe House entrance KAVELLARIS URBAN DESIGN Ivanhoe House kitchen KAVELLARIS URBAN DESIGN Ivanhoe House front KAVELLARIS URBAN DESIGN Ivanhoe House shape KAVELLARIS URBAN DESIGN Ivanhoe House exteriorabc
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Throwing Shade, Designer Style

Silent Gliss is launching two new products that are driven by automation; a battery operated roller and roman blind system. The distinguished design, coupled with the fact that there is no cabling to the motor, has these two products blending seamlessly into the visual design of the rooms they inhabit. For the design hunter, evolving interior design trends may see a change of interior aesthetics and planning, yet hard designed products and the architecture of the space, such as windows, are trickier to change as trends evolve. With hidden technology and battery operation, these new blinds meet the challenges of an ever-changing design landscape head on. Varying level of interior shade is available at the touch of a button, all while maintaining aesthetic beauty thanks to the lack of cabling. Even windows without existing wiring can easily be retrofitted with battery blinds with no disruption. These new blinds complement the established Silent Gliss range of motorised products, continuing the brand’s 60-year commitment to quality design. The fear with any motorised household appliance is of course noise – rest assured though, the Silent Gliss battery operated blinds live up to the silence of their name, delivering exceptionally quiet operation, thanks to a design that sees materials and hardware selected to improve overall acoustic performance in the home. The high-quality aluminium profiles of the new designs offer a sophisticated look to meet the demands of contemporary interior design. The broad range of Silent Gliss fabrics, in over 40 colours, allows you to customise the unique atmosphere of any interior. With these two new cable-free, easy-to-install products, Silent Gliss fills a need for the modern designer home – technologically advanced yet aesthetically sound solutions for modern windows. Looking for a way to spruce up your windows in a contemporary style? Hit Silent Gliss up today! te 023185eef6cc43fd33915c3a3c78e0ffabc